Yr Eira

One of the most exciting Welsh language indie bands to emerge in recent years, Yr Eira are not to be missed.

TeiFi

TeiFi is a chameleon – funny, rude, soulful vocals, lush harmonies, bi-lingual rap, spoken word, occasional jiggly dances. An artist from South Wales, singing about death, motherhood, nature, colonialism and bodies.

She’s performed with Ladies of Rage supporting Kae Tempest. Commissioned by Tŷ Cerdd and the Aneurin Bevan Health Board to make a sound installation for the Grange Hospital in 2020. Previously nominated for Best Actress by the Theatre Critics Wales awards.

Sue Denim

Made in North Wales with award-winning Welsh producer/mixer David Wrench, Sue’s solo album And The Unicorn presents a mixture of simple and honest tracks sometimes reminiscent of a female Syd Barrett, Jonathan Richman, or Kevin Ayers. Sue toured the world and released four albums as one half of Robots In Disguise, and acted in cult TV comedy series The Mighty Boosh in the Noughties. Solo, Denim adventures into a warm, dreamy and sometimes poignant celebration of life, love, books, bicycles and boys on film, delivering a unique view of the world through easy, free flowing melodies and lyrics.

N’famady Kouyaté

N’famady Kouyaté is an artist/musician from Guinea West Africa. Malinké in origin and born into a griot/djeli family – the hereditary tradition where djeli have responsibility for preserving traditional Mandingue culture by sharing ancient rhythms, songs, and stories. As an infant he learned balafon (a traditional wooden xylophone), and went on to djembe and drumming in the ballet groups of Conakry (Guinea’s capital), later joining theatre and orchestral groups for festival tours across Africa. N’famady is a master balafonist, singer, percussionist, multi-instrumentalist, and founder of Les Héritiers du Mandingue (tradi-modern group) – now The Successors of the Mandingue in Wales.

Lowri Evans & Lee Mason

Described by Bob Harris (BBC Radio 2) as ‘One of his absolute favourite artists’, bilingual singer-songwriter Lowri is blessed with a voice capable of wide emotional power, her songs taking their musical colours from a broad palette that includes Americana and Folk, all beautifully knitted together through her innate musicality and heartfelt delivery.
Lee’s beautifully judged guitar playing and subtle harmonies are integral to Lowri’s music.
They have released 7 albums, toured the USA, performed sessions for Radio 2, opened for Seth Lakeman, Glenn Tilbrook and Cara Dillon and performed in festivals including Cambridge Folk, Underneath the Stars, Greenman Festival.

Lizzy Hardingham

South-East based folk musician and songstress, Lizzy Hardingham, is paving her way as a powerhouse performer with beautifully delivered songs that sing straight to the heart. 2019 saw her storm the UK folk scene, including Cambridge Folk Festival, while in 2020 she captivated online audiences with a voice that could fill a stadium and the sensitivity to bring a room to attentive silence. Nominated for Fatea’s prestigious Female Artist of The Year 2020 award, Lizzy is now working with English Folk Expo and Michael Hughes on firmly nailing her place as one of the rising stars of the folk scene”.

Lewys

Another Côsh artist found through Soundcloud. Lewys Meredydd’s talent was evident from the demos he recorded at the age of only 16. Over the next two years, a great partnership would develop with Côsh and a number of singles would be released. Much has changed since then, with all members of the band now contributing to the songwriting. Their highly anticipated debut album “Rhywbryd yn Rhywle” was released across all platforms earlier this year, featuring standout singles ‘Dan y Tonnau’ and ‘Y Cyffro’. The band kept themselves busy over the lockdown period, headlining one of the first virtual Welsh language gigs of its kind in August

KIM HON

If there was ever a band that could combine LCD Soundsystem’s art/electro/punk swagger with Super Furry Animal’s pop sensibility… well that’s KIM HON. They are a band with the edge of your seat creative danger of The Fall and train of thought fearless lyrics that bounce off the walls as graffiti slogans in the making!

KIM HON was formed this year in a flurry of creative energy by Iwan Llŷr (Guitar, Keys, Music) and Iwan Fôn (Vocals, Lyrics), also founding members of the popular North Wales band Y Reu.

Katherine Priddy

Having emerged onto the scene with her debut EP ‘Wolf’ in 2018, Birmingham-based artist Katherine Priddy has been steadily turning heads. Having been named ‘The Best Thing I’ve Heard All Year’ by Richard Thompson, who later invited her on his Irish tour, Priddy’s haunting vocals and distinctive finger-picking guitar style have seen her perform sell-out headline shows around England, support artists such as The Chieftains, John Smith & Vashti Bunyan and play well-earned spots at festivals such as Cambridge Folk, Towersey and Beautiful Days. Her much anticipated debut album, ‘The Eternal Rocks Beneath’, was released 25/06/21 on Navigator Records.

Jacob & Morgan Elwy

Jacob Elwy and Morgan Elwy are brothers from the Vale of Clwyd known for their melodic Welsh folk rock and reggae style. They have been proving themselves as musicians, locally for years and have recently started their very own record label, Bryn Rock Records. Jacob struck the welsh scene a few years back with a series of singles that are regularly requested on BBC Radio Cymru. Morgan released his debut album following his success on Cân i Gymru 2021 with his popular reggae single Bach O Hwne. After a long stint away they are back with a beautiful set of tunes especially for Focus Wales.

Ifor ap Glyn

Ifor has presented his work around the world, from China to Cameroon, and from Lithuania to the U.S. ; his poems have been translated into over a dozen languages. A mesmerising performer, he presents his Welsh language poems both unaccompanied and with backing tracks, and uses projections or paper handouts to convey the meaning of his words as required. In 1999 he performed in front of a 10,000 strong crowd, as part of the celebrations to mark the opening of the Senedd in Cardiff (Welsh Assembly) and he has been the National Poet of Wales since 2016.

Hyll

Hyll are an energetic four-piece from Cardiff, who play youthful indie-rock, with a range of other genres thrown into the mix too. As SWN festival put it, ‘A Cardiff treat for a few years now, Hyll still remain an energetic, scrappy bunch, their rattling racket, where the joyful clatter of punk indie rock meets the heavy goofiness of Mac Demarco for maximum fun times’. You never quite know what to expect with Hyll, with their opening releases full of energy and clattering guitars, their recent EP Mymryn finds a more melancholic and gentle voice. The aim of the game is to have fun, singing tales about navigating their early twenties in the city of Cardiff.

HMS Morris

HMS Morris are an art-rock group from Wales. They’ve been touring and recording since 2015, and are supported by the Cardiff-based Bubblewrap Collective. Their 2 albums to date (2016’s ‘Interior Design’ and 2018’s ‘Inspirational Talks’) both earned nominations for the Welsh Music Prize, and were variously described as ‘Innovative, forward thinking pop music’ (Earthly Pleasures), ‘strange and beautiful music’ (Electronic Sound) and a ‘a multi-dimensional sound that traipses across hitherto unexplored regions of sound’ (Clash)’. They’ve taken their music to Toronto, Montreal, Osaka, Tokyo and Kyoto, and are currently working on a piece of theatre/art/dance/music about running away from Earth.

Geraint Løvgreen a’r Enw Da

Geraint Løvgreen left Wrexham at twelve years old, and after spending his youth in Newtown he eventually formed an original Welsh-language good-time band in Caernarfon. Over 30 years later the band is still going strong, playing a variety of rock-soul influenced music augmented by a now-famous horn section, guaranteed to get the punters onto the dancefloor.

Eve Goodman

Eve Goodman writes songs from the heart; against the noise, she offers the quiet harmony of a voice who is finding joy again. Her unique voice rises up in a vivid kaleidoscope of gentle, raw emotion There is real originality and honesty around her own experiences of grief, loss, celebration and love, as she transmutes the personal into the universal. This beautifully crafted new folk light will unveil earth, soul and a deep connection to what it is to be human in these troubled, inspiring times.

Elis Derby

Elis Derby started off uploading demos to his Soundcloud, before establishing his own live band and gigging frequently around Wales. His debut single, ‘Sut Allai Gadw Ffwrdd/Myfyrio’ was released independently in September 2018, and since then he’s released a further two singles, with ( as of October 2019 ) working on his debut album, scheduled for release in the new year, under Recordiau Côsh. His influences include The Strokes, Mac Demarco, The Beatles, David Bowie, Yr Ods and The Velvet Underground.

Dominie Hooper

Dominie Hooper is a British singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Building on years as a collaborator and session musician (working with the likes of Yola, Alabaster Deplume, and Band of Burns), 2021 sees the launch of her ambitious solo project. Drawing on English folk, classical music, indie-rock, and avant-garde art-pop, Hooper’s work defies easy categorisation, pushing the boundaries of standard singer-songwriter fare. Featuring Mikey Kenney, Phil Self, and Sam Pert, this ensemble promises a fresh and exciting new sound.

Dienw

Twm Herd (prif lais a gitâr) ac Osian Land (drums) yw Dienw, sy’n disgrifio eu hunain fel “band amrwd a gonast sy’n plethu agweddau indie a psychedelic”. Bu iddynt ffurfio nôl yn 2017, cawsant sesiwn ar raglen Huw Stephens, Radio Cymru yn 2018 ac yn 2019 ymunodd y grŵp â theulu Recordiau I KA CHING. Mae enw’r band yn deyrnged i un o ganeuon y band hoffus Eitha Tal Ffranco.
Mae’r band yn credu fod eu caneuon yn llawer mwy o dafod mewn boch na lot o bethau eraill yn y sîn ar hyn o bryd.

Danny Addison

Hailing from a musical family in the small market town of Hitchin, Danny moved to Manchester in 2014 to study music. He immediately began working across a myriad of projects as a multi-instrumentalist, lending his skills to artists such as Jamie Lawson, Chloe Foy and Sophie Morgan.

In 2020 Danny was accepted onto the English Folk Expo artist mentorship programme and has received mentorship from Hudson Records’ Andy Bell. 2021 then saw the release of his second four-track EP, ‘Porcelain’ and his first festival performances.

Dan Bettridge

“Blending a discography of radio-ready anthems, dreamy indie stunners and classic rock bangers”, Bettridge weaves an alternative spirit into everything he makes. While a traditional singer-songwriter at heart echoing influences of Americana Soul Rock & Folk his output defies rigid classification. Named Acoustic Magazine’s “Next Big Thing” Dan is quickly gaining momentum as an artist to look out for in 2021. Backed internationally Bettridge’s debut LP ‘Asking For Trouble’ featured on iTunes Canada’s homepage found its way onto notable editorial playlists and reached across radio networks.

Andy Hickie

Andy Hickie is a singer of traditional folk songs with Welsh and Irish roots. With his guitar and harmonica Andy has hosted folk sessions and acoustic nights in and around the Wrexham area for around 15 years and is due to release his ‘Folk Songs Vol 1 EP’ this spring featuring a collection of some of his favorite folk songs. Some of Andy’s main influences include Bob Dylan and Luke Kelly. A fresh strong voice on the Welsh language folk scene.

She’s Got Spies

Mostly Welsh language indie pop band who released debut album ‘Wedi’ in September 2018 on Rheidol Records following sessions for BBC Radio Cymru and S4C’s Bandit. They’ve played gigs in various parts of the world including Russia, Italy and on a ship in Antarctica. Laura hails from London originally, where she first started learning Welsh, before forming the band in Cardiff. The band is working on the second album due for release in 2020.

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